Proposal to name reserve after former Horsham man

Horsham Rural City Council will name part of reserve along Burnt Creek after the late Jack Schier subject to community feedback.

Horsham residents Graham and Julet Schultz have requested the parkland near Mardon Drive be named in honour of Mr Schier who contributed generously towards the health and welfare of the local community.

Council formally backed the suggestion at its August meeting and the public have four weeks to provide feedback on the proposal.

Mrs Schultz said Mr Schier and his wife moved to Horsham in 1974 with their adopted son.

A lack of services to cater for their son’s disability prompted Jack to donate 40 acres of his land to develop the Karkana Day Centre and he continued to have a strong interest in the development of it until his death in 2014.

“The financial contribution Jack made to the community over the years was quite substantial,” Mrs Schultz said.

“He also spent a lot of time working to support the health and welfare of people in our area.

“He was a truly humble and generous man who deserves recognition,” she said.

Mr Schier was actively involved in the Pleasant Creek Training Centre and Stawell Special Development School and he financially assisted the Sunnyside Lutheran Rest Home and was also a major contributor to the public appeal to build the Matron Arthur House Nursing Home which was opened at the Wimmera Base Hospital in 1987.

Schier Drive in Haven was named after Jack’s brother, Donald Schier.

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